The best made watches have been created in, you guessed it, Sweden. So how about a smartwatch? My Kronoz was founded back in 2012 and is a Swiss-based company that manufactures, designs and develops products that enhances the increased mobile, connected and digital lifestyles of today. In April 2013 they released their first two smartwatches; ZeBracelet and ZeWatch. This company is still in its early years, but so far from what I’ve seen, they have some pretty amazing stuff. In this review I will be discussing a prototype that hasn’t been mentioned as of yet on their website, but was on display at CES 2014. I introduce to you, ZeSplash.
For those that are known to abuse their phones more than others, LifeProof has the case for you. You get protection from impact, water, and dirt without all the weight and extra bulk of the other cases on the market. Read on to see how it performs.
Matsunichi is one of those Chinese electronics firms that is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. Everywhere, in that you can find their stuff on Amazon, in Best Buy, and even Wal-Mart; nowhere in that hardly anybody outside the industry recognizes their name. They focus mainly on tablets, media streamers and portable hard drives, and it’s this last group we’ll be taking a look at today. Their 500GB USB 3.0 hard drive offering, model number DM256-BU-500GB, aims to give you half a terabyte for half a benjamin with minimal fuss. A cursory examination of the major online retailers confirms that they hit their price point, but what sort of performance do you get for your money? Let’s put this drive through its paces and find out.
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Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Feb 25 2014, 4:45 pm
WD® DEBUTS SURVEILLANCE-CLASS HARD DRIVE LINE
New WD Purple™ 3.5-inch Drives Equipped for
Home/Small Business Security-system Environments
Feb. 25, 2014 – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and storage industry leader, today announced the availability of WD Purple™, a purpose-built line of 3.5-inch, high-capacity hard drives for surveillance applications. Designed specifically for video surveillance units, WD Purple hard drives excel in new and existing home and small business security environments with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition (HD) video cameras. Shipping today, WD Purple hard drives are available in capacities from 1 TB up to 4 TB. “By expanding our ‘Power of Choice’ product portfolio with WD Purple, we make it simple for our VARs, integrators and consumers to select the right drive engineered for their application and validated with our industry leading surveillance partners,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager of WD’s Storage Technology group. “WD optimized the WD Purple line of hard drives for surveillance applications to improve high-definition video playback, and operate in 24×7 workloads of surveillance environments.”
“Different from ordinary desktop hard drives designed for eight hours of daily operation, WD Purple drives have the built-in reliability to operate in Hikvision home and small business system installations so critical video footage is available when it is needed most,” said Ying Yang, director of testing, Hikvision. “An additional benefit of WD Purple drives is they support up to eight drives and 32 HD cameras so there is the flexibility to expand for future system coverage.”
“The biggest trend impacting the video surveillance market in recent years has been the transition from analog cameras to network cameras,” said Jon Cropley, principal analyst for video surveillance at IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). “With enhanced resolution, wide dynamic range and day/night functionality in cameras increasing, demand for storage solutions capable of accommodating large volumes of video will also increase.”
Optimized to withstand the demands of always-on digital PVR, DVR and NVR recording environments, WD Purple hard drives offer low power consumption and many advanced performance features typically reserved for enterprise-level storage.
WD Purple hard drives are equipped with an array of exclusive WD technologies, including:
- AllFrame™ – When combined with ATA streaming support, AllFrame™ technology helps to reduce video footage loss with a proprietary cache policy management technology to help improve data flow and playback. WD Purple includes exclusive firmware upgrades that protect against video pixilation and interruptions within a surveillance system
- Advanced Format Technology™ (AFT) – the more efficient media format that enables increased areal densities, adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers to continue growing hard drive capacities
Engineered for Compatibility
Built for easy integration into new or existing video surveillance systems, WD Purple hard drives are designed and tested to surveillance-class standards and are compatible with industry-leading chassis and chip-sets. Without a current industry standard, WD worked closely with surveillance partners to develop a proprietary benchmark to define and demonstrate performance in surveillance systems. Tests of WD Purple hard drives indicate superior performance to competitive surveillance-class brands of storage, especially as cameras, channel count and workloads increase.
A special Compatibility Selector is available to assist customers with surveillance drive selection at:
Price and Availability
Shipping now through select distributors and resellers, WD Purple surveillance-class hard drives are available in capacities from 1 TB up to 4 TB and covered by a three- year limited warranty. MSRP for the 3.5-inch 1 TB drive, model #: (WD10PURX) is $89.99; the 2 TB drive, model #: (WD20PURX) is $119.99; the 3 TB drive, model #: (WD30PURX) is $159.99 and the 4 TB drive, model #: (WD40PURX) is $199.99 USD.
Additional information about WD Purple hard drives and limited warranty terms may be
found on the company website at http://products.wd.com/wdpurple.
Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Jan 30 2014, 10:54 am
X2 presents the SATURN real 5.1 gaming headset
Introducing the latest addition to the X2 series of gaming headsets, the SATURN real 5.1 surround sound gaming headset. This new high-quality and professional gaming headset is built with a high quality microphone, 3 speakers and a bass vibrator in each ear-cup. The Saturn series gaming headsets are designed with comfort, functionality and genuine gaming pleasure in mind. The Saturn 5.1 is connected by a single USB connector. Software to manage the headsets settings can be downloaded from our website. The line cable contains an extensive audio controller with which you can adjust the volume of the separate channels; Sub, Front, Center, Rear, Microphone and overall volume. Hear your opponent before you see him and dominate the game with this sophisticated gaming headset. X2 – All geared up!
• Real 5.1 sound system
• Revolutionary sound quality
• Cool color scheme and design
• Lightweight, durable and comfortable
• Over ear cups and passive noise cancellation
• Flex microphone
• Extensive multi-channel audio-control unit
• Specialized downloadable software
• Backed by 2 year manufacturer service warranty
The SATURN headset is compatible with PC, Notebook, Laptop, XBOX, PlayStation and many more
devices with USB port.
The SATURN, part number: X2-HS7601-USB retail price is USD 81.95 / EURO 59.95 (Ex VAT)
SATURN, X2-HS7601-USB : http://www.x2products.com/pc-accessories/saturn-x2-hs7601-usb/
Announcement written by: Claribel Alvarez on Jan 28 2014, 10:34 am
Sennheiser CES 2014 Coverage
Continuing the coverage of CES 2014, Sennheiser has provided us quite a great look into their new and innovating style of headphones, in and on the ear, a headset, for you gamers, and Bluetooth headset for the on the go business people.
Whether creating music or moving crowds: The three new headphones deliver excellent, dynamic sound reproduction with the highest levels of external noise attenuation. The durable materials, exceptional build-quality and unrivaled product support make these the headphones of choice for professionals.
Designed for the most demanding users and punishing pro environments, they have been developed in conjunction with some of the world’s top DJs, among them Bob Sinclar, Luciano, Andy Baxter, Missill and Davina. Naturally, the best sound quality tops their list of demands: the new headphones deliver excellent, dynamic sound reproduction, inspired by the legendary HD 25.
The HD8 DJ is dedicated to the needs of professional DJs with truly excellent sound reproduction, while the HD7 DJ offers an engaging, dynamic sound that’s perfect for playing live. Both delivering a mid-low end emphasis, the sound remains tight and never overwhelms, with clarity retained in the high frequencies. Meanwhile, the HD6 MIX, a model aimed primarily at studio-based music creation, delivers a balanced, accurate sound for mixing and monitoring work.
The DJ headphone range is built for complete user comfort for hours at the decks, in the studio or performing. The elliptical shape of the ear cups also avoids pinching the ears and is enhanced by interchangeable ear pads for comfortable listening during long periods of use. For hassle-free one-ear monitoring, both DJ models feature swiveling ear cups with up to 210 of movement and three different wearing positions. With both coiled and straight 3m high-performance cables included that can connect to either ear cup, these headphones can adapt to suit any individual preference. A bayonet twist lock makes for secure connection to the headphones.
All three models are built to withstand the rigors of daily studio work and a life on the road. Sennheiser has engineered the range from durable, high-quality materials to take even the roughest everyday professional use, proven through rigorous and extended quality tests. And when the life on the road pushes the limits too far, Sennheiser’s new headphones offer replaceable parts and a peerless commitment to customer service with at least five years’ parts availability guarantee even after end-of-life, and global support for quick replacements, wherever the work takes you.
Announcement written by: Marc on Jan 21 2014, 4:42 pm
Adding to our CES 2014 coverage, we had the pleasure of seeing TRENDnet’s new products announced during CES. Here is a quick breakdown of the new products releasing over the next couple months for TRENDnet.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the extreme performance AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router, model TEW-818DRU – which offers unmatched performance, powered by a 1 GHz processor, high power radio amplifiers for extended wireless coverage, and Gigabit Wireless AC networking speeds. The TEW-818DRU is designed to provide the optimum wireless experience in a busy connected home. TRENDnet’s TEW-818DRU creates two extreme performance wireless networks — an ultimate performance 1.3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Wireless AC network, to connect all Wireless AC devices over the fastest wireless speeds available today; and an extreme performance 600 Megabits per second (Mbps) Wireless N band, to connect everyday wireless devices such as tablets, smart phones, and computers.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the expansion of its Powerline 500 product portfolio with the addition of the Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter Kit (model TPL-408E2K), Powerline 500 AV2 Wireless Access Point (model TPL-410AP), and Powerline 500 Wireless Kit (TPL-410APK).
Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter Kit
- Includes two TPL-408E adapters
- 500Mbps powerline networking
- Up to double the real life performance as compared to first generation Powerline 500 adapters
- TRENDnet adapters auto-connect out of the box
- Pre-encrypted for your security
- High performance Gigabit port
- Power Save mode reduces electrical consumption by 80%
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the AC600 High Gain Wireless USB Adapter, model TEW-806UBH – which offers significantly extended coverage and increased connection speeds at range.
TRENDnet’s TEW-806UBH connects a Windows® or Mac® computer to a Wireless AC network at 433 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds or to a Wireless N network at 150 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds. The adapter’s high gain antenna significantly increases wireless coverage of a connected computer as compared to other Wireless AC adapters. The adjustable antenna rotates and tilts to further improve wireless connectivity. Additionally, the TEW-806UBH maintains much higher connection speeds when located far from the connected wireless router or access point.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, new HD cloud cameras with build-in high speed Wireless AC networking. Equipped with Wireless AC networking, this line of cloud cameras, is not compatible with Wireless N networks. The listed cameras require the presence of a Wireless AC network, generated for example by TRENDnet’s TEW-812DRU Wireless AC router, in order to function.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, is excited to announce a new Powerline 1000 or Gigabit class of Powerline solutions, with the launch of the Powerline 1000 Adapter Kit, model TPL-420E2K.
TRENDnet’s TPL-420E2K is built around Qualcomm’s QCA7500 chipset and delivers Gigabit class networking over existing electrical lines. The backbone of Powerline 1000, or the HomePlug AV2 standard, is Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Powerline technology. For the first time, Powerline products use all three electrical wires: the live, neutral, and ground wires. MIMO technology sends information over the fastest two out of the three available electrical wires. If a consumer lives in an old home which is not wired with ground wires the maximum throughput is reduced from 1,000 to 600 Mbps
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the expansion of its cloud camera product portfolio, with the addition of the HD Wireless Day / Night Cloud Camera (model TV-IP762IC) and HD Wireless Day / Night PTZ Cloud Camera (model TV-IP862IC).
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Wireless Baby Monitor, model TV-IP743SIC – which makes it easier than ever to monitor your baby from home or from around the world. After a brief installation using TRENDnet’s free Apple® or Android™ mobile app, simply open a web browser or the free app to view live video on your mobile, tablet, or computer. Users can view video from home or from any internet connection with the help of TRENDnet’s free cloud service.
The compact camera has a convenient adjustable base and comes with an articulated wall mounting bracket for wall installations. Night vision is a tremendous advantage. The TV-IP742SIC’s infrared night vision provides visibility in complete darkness for distances of up to 5 meters (16 ft.). Users can also program the camera to email video clips of detected motion or sound activities and it has as built in speaker and microphone for two way audio communications.
Announcement written by: Claribel Alvarez on Jan 17 2014, 8:46 am
myCharge Unveils Innovative, Next-Generation Portable Power Solutions
Introduces First-to-Market “Truly Universal” Charging Products;
Category-Leading Features Make it Easier Than Ever to Stay Charged and Connected
As the emerging consumer electronics category of portable power products for mobile devices continues to mature, consumers are becoming increasingly aware that not all charging products are created equal. myCharge, the innovation leader in portable power products with multi-charging capabilities and onboard power cables.
The new smart technology and features give myCharge first-to-market status in delivering a ‘truly universal’ portable charger to the marketplace, compatible with any device that recharges via USB. New myCharge products automatically recognize the device being charged for faster charging and to deliver the maximum power to your device. In addition, new myCharge portable power banks will recharge their internal batteries at rates up to 200 percent faster based on the input source. All products have been developed using the thinnest and lightest HD, high efficiency batteries allowing for additional power from a smaller footprint.
“Battery life remains one of the primary concerns of today’s mobile consumer, but they don’t have time to sort through the sea of new portable power products, including the many low-cost, low quality knockoffs, to ensure the best and most reliable technology is in their hands,” said Ron Ferber, CEO, myCharge. “myCharge offers the smartest and most effective portable power solutions on the market.”
“With our new technologies and intuitive functionality, we believe myCharge has established thestandard for the category. Almost anyone can put out a portable charger these days, but for us, delivering high-quality, reliable and convenient power when you need it is all we do and that’s our promise to consumers,” concluded Ferber.
The 2014 myCharge collection will begin to hit store shelves beginning late in the first quarter of 2014 and join the popular myCharge Hub Series, Peak 6000 and Freedom Case with built-in charging cables.
More new products will be launched later in the year.
New myCharge products launching in the first and second quarter of 2014 include:
TALK & CHARGETM Series for iPhone and Micro-USB devices (MSRP: $99.99):
Ultra-thin portable battery mirrors length of nearly every currently available smartphone to conveniently talk while you charge. Lightweight design and soft-touch rubberized finish fits comfortably in any hand with any phone and any protective case. Available in a 3000mAh version for iPhone 5s/5c/5 with builtin Lightning cable and a 4000mAh for Micro-USB devices with built-in charging cable. Delivers up to 18 hours of additional talk time and web browsing, up to 20 hours of video playback and over 81 hours of music based on model. Micro-USB version includes integrated USB port to simultaneously charge a second device, including tablets and eReaders.
RAZOR Series (MSRP: $59.99 – $79.99):
Super-slim and sleek on-the-go design. RAZORPLUS features a 3000mAh battery for up to 13 hours of additional talk time and web browsing, up to14 hours of video playback and 59 hours of music playback. RAZORMAX features a 6000mAh battery for up to 27 hours of additional talk time and web browsing time, up to 29 hours of video playback and 118 hours of music playback; with two built-in USB ports to charge tablets and high-powered devices.
AMP Series (MSRP: $29.99 – $49.99):
High-powered mini power packs with a soft-touch design available in three models. AMPMINI includes a 2200mAH battery for up to 10 hours of additional talk time, web browsing and video playback with 43 hours of music playback. AMPPLUS delivers up to 13 hours of additional talk time, web browsing and video playback with 59 hours of music playback from a 3000mAh battery. AMPMAX maintains the compact design with a 6000mAH battery delivering up to 27 hours of additional talk time and web browsing, up to 29 hours of video playback and 118 hours of music playback. Can also charge tablets and high-powered devices. AMPPLUS and AMPMAX include an integrated LED flashlight.
myCharge, innovators in portable power, creates the ultimate survival tools for gadget lovers and users. Using the highest quality components and cutting-edge design, myCharge responds to the latest technological advances by providing products dedicated to restoring everyday balance and fulfilling consumer needs in our on-the-go, always connected digital society. Learn more at (http://www.myCharge.com.) myCharge portable power packs and cases are found at retailers nationwide including Amazon.com, AT&T, Best Buy, Walgreens, Meijer, Target, Costco, Home Depot, Lowes, Verizon, Wal-Mart and more.
Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Jan 14 2014, 9:48 am